We all know the pressure to show that what we are doing in the classroom is “best practices” and “research-driven.” Chapter Two,Impact on Learning: Research in the Global Collaborative Classroom, explores the current research as well as the challenges to researching a global collaborative classroom.
A comment that jumped out at me was this one from Theresa Allen (our co-moderator for our first Virtual Book Club meeting!):
“… global education satisfies a hunger that grows knowing that there are other students who want to learn just as much as they want to learn about what is beyond their classroom walls. They want to interact, find similarities, common knowledge, and work toward the same goal – together.”
I can’t help but think that we must harness this curiosity in students. How exciting to provide students with the opportunity to satisfy a craving to learn about the world around them! There must be a way to document and quantify this craving? How can we as educators unite with the researchers to confirm the power of global projects and to promote their wider usage?
What do you think?
What other ideas and thoughts do you find compelling in this chapter?